Richard Kruse wins gold to boost Olympic hopes

Richard Kruse
Richard Kruse (right) in action against France's Tony Helissey during the semi-finals in Havana

Britain's Richard Kruse won gold in the men's foil at the Grand Prix event in Cuba to raise his hopes of earning an individual berth for the 2016 Olympics.

Kruse narrowly overcame world number one Alex Massialas 15-14 in an earlier round before beating Alaaeldin Abouelkassem 15-5 in the final.

It was the 32-year-old's first gold medal since winning in Venice in 2009.

"I'm really pleased to win my second one," said Kruse. "This is really going to boost my ranking now."

Britain have already qualified for the team event for the Rio Games.

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